Versova man in Pakistan jail since 2012: Hamid Ansari’s mother plans to meet Sartaj Aziz

Ansari's mother says Pakistan court dismissed petition, unable to reach lawyers

Written by Radhika Ramaswamy | Mumbai | Published:November 30, 2016 3:21 am
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FOUR YEARS after Versova-based management professional Hamid Ansari entered Pakistan illegally and was later convicted for espionage by a Pakistan military court, his mother Fauzia plans to meet Sartaj Aziz, the de facto Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Aziz is scheduled to visit a conference in Amritsar on December 4.

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Fauzia, who has been knocking the doors of every Indian authority to bring her son back, is heading to Amritsar Wednesday along with her family. She has planned to launch a peaceful protest at the venue to seek her son’s release. She is hoping to meet Aziz and hand over a letter. The family believes that Hamid’s petition to seek that his detention period prior to his conviction be included in his jail term has been dismissed by a Pakistani court.

Fauzia said, “The Peshawar High Court had adjourned the matter without hearing it. The last hearing was supposed to take place on November 1. The hearing did not take place and no date has been issued after that. I heard that the court may not take up this matter and won’t be ready to overrule the military court’s order.”

Fauzia has also been unable to reach her Pakistani lawyers. “I am unable to reach my lawyers and they seem to be reluctant to take this matter further. We are helpless and clueless,” she added.

Hamid left his home in November 2012 to hunt for a job in Afghanistan. He crossed the border and headed to Pakistan with false documents to search for a woman who he had befriended online.

He was arrested by the local police and intelligence agencies at Koht in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. He was in the custody of the Pakistan Army and was court martialed after which he was sentenced to three years for espionage. Including his detention period, Hamid has spent about four years in prison.